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M.A. Program: Requirements

The M.A. Program requirements include the following mix of course work, experiential learning, and independent research:


The below listed courses are also required, and they are no-fee courses.

These courses need to be added to your student record at the time of registration (whether you are full-time or part-time), the same way you would add any other course. When you search for classes, look under the “S” tab and choose School of Graduate Studies. Then you will select 101 and 201.

SGS 101 will be available in Avenue to Learn under your Course list. SGS 201 can be completed online here. These no-fee courses should be completed as soon as possible.

SGS 101 – Academic Research Integrity and Ethics (1.5 units)

This course will introduce incoming graduate students to the standards of academic integrity expected at McMaster. It will provide examples of acceptable and unacceptable practices and will clarify the responsibility and expectations of graduate students with respect to academic integrity. Students will be exposed to the Academic Integrity Policy of McMaster and best practices will be described that will minimize the likelihood of incorrectly attributed work from appearing in their assignments and research records. Students may not graduate or register for subsequent years in a graduate program at McMaster unless they have received a passing grade in SGS #101.

SGS 201 – Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) (1.5 units)

All graduate students are required to complete appropriate training required to complete their research and studies (health and safety training, ethics training, biosafety training, etc.), as determined by their home Department or Program. All graduate students also are required to complete training on the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), which can be completed on-line []. Having an understanding of how we can identify and reduce attitudinal, structural, information, technological, and systemic barriers to persons with disabilities is core to McMaster University’s commitment to supporting an inclusive community in which all persons are treated with dignity and equality, and completion of AODA training is critical as McMaster’s graduates move forward in their varied, chosen professions. Students may not graduate or register for subsequent years in their program until they have completed their required training.